Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay ~ Michael Chabon
This book is an extraordinary read; written by a writing master in which even the small details just hold the reader into the story.
Chabon’s third novel and it is a PULITZER PRIZE WINNER.
It took me 2 months to finish the book. I could hardly put it down, but the 650 pages were tissue paper thin and the font tiny, I could only read it in no longer than 2 hour sittings and it meant I could not read anything else for hours. This book is not available on KINDLE. I was loaned my copy.
Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay are cousins just about the same age. One from Prague sent to free his family and one from Brooklyn, New York.
This book is about the rise and fall of the Comic Book Golden Age and how these pieces of fiction taught, inspired, and reflected the historic reality exploding into the world. Fear, interpretation and novelty items packaged for a nickel; then a dime.
This is a book about being Jewish and the importance of family and family connections.
This is a story that drives home into the heart of individuals miles and miles away and keeps it staked inside commanding emotions and smoking cigarette after cigarette.
It is a story about the Empire State Building without King Kong and Fay Rae.
I never wanted to gain this much information about comic books or picking locks or back room deals, and I was delighted with the outcome of this referral. I would have declared it not my kind of read.
The author can transport the reader all the while keeping the reader safe. It is a Golem. The story is powerful almost beyond description. The words are intelligent and even funny.
This book deserves all the good words:
TIME MAGAZINE: “The kind of prose that leaps 600 pages of fantasy and social history in a single bound…never before told with as much imagination, verve, and affection. “
CNN dot COM: “Kavalier & Clay is more than a novel about the American Dream…It’s a grand novel about dreamers selling the dream, itself, but the realization that we CAN dream.”
This book will exercise your brain and jog your memory; it will keep you in practice and improve your writing skills.
It is pleasure.
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